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Bishop Woods, Kenneth Dukes disagree with Supreme Court ruling

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Bishop Calvin Woods doesn't agree with the Supreme Court's ruling.

"I feel it is a slap in the face," Woods said.

Woods says taking out Section Five takes the city of Birmingham, the state of Alabama and the nation backwards.

"We worked and prayed real hard to get it to where it was," Woods said. "And, if someone can turn it back, we got to work like we worked before to get it back up."

But, still, Woods says he's looking at the glass half-full.

"It's not the end of the world, but it just lets us know that we've got to continue to work," he said.

Kenneth Dukes, who is trying to establish a branch of the NAACP in Shelby County, agrees.

"Have we made improvement? Oh yes, we've made tremendous improvement," Dukes said. "And are we on the track to getting where we want to be? Yes. Are we there right now? I don't think so."

Dukes was in Washington D.C. back in March. He listened to the arguments both for and against keeping Section Five. He remembers thinking if it weren't for politics, Section Five would have been left alone.

"We kind of knew we had an uphill struggle because of party lines," Dukes said. "If politics wasn't a part of it, yes. Because it's just right."

But now, both Dukes and Woods say what Alabama and the nation must do to move forward...is work together.

"[I'm] disappointed in the ruling, but at the same time, I think the ruling is going to cause us to come together," Dukes said.

"The Bible said 'Let every man be persuaded by his own opinion, but let it be a good one'," Woods said. "That doesn't mean the right one. I don't agree with it, but I'm not a Supreme Court Justice."

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